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Colorado 2012 Second Rifle Season

Colorado Elk Season 2012


Two friends and I set out this year to fill our first ever bull elk tags in Colorado. I've hunted elk in the past in other states, but this was our first time hunting second season outside of Durango, Colorado. {Story Spoiler!} We saw very few elk and no one harvested a bull. But learning the area and getting great exercise was everywhere we went.

Colorado 2012 Second Rifle Season

Colorado Elk Season 2012


First Hunt of the 2012 Season

Recently, youth season opened up for deer. Even though my own son isn't old enough to take hunting, I still managed to get some time out and glass the bean fields for some whitetail. I found LOTS of bucks ranging from small to giant. So, there was a lot left to capitolize on for the opener.

Uncertainty in Changing Conditions

So, I’ve gathered an extensive network of brother hunters all over the country. From Alaska, down the west coast- all of the way to the east coast. And yes, even Texas.

Freedom Munitions Gear Review

After having to wait through nearly the entire summer just to be able to use a fire arm out of doors, Kansas was hit with a cold front, and although I nearly had to put on a parka to hold up to the frigid 88 degrees it was outside (as opposed to the 110 degrees we’ve had), I used this opportunity to my advantage and spent some range-time with so

Finding Your Record Book Bull

Where is the best place to take a trophy bull elk? It’s the same question that is on the minds of every hunter hitting the elk country this year. Everyone has their honey hole, and their opinion of what state or location has the best and the biggest elk. If you check the record books, there are a few places that stand out time after time for producing some giant bulls.

How to Hunt the Drought

Last season, we all observed the effects of the nationwide drought on wildlife. Fortunately, we had one of the mildest winters ever to compensate and that resulted in very low winter mortality rates in game animals. Now this year, although somewhat better, we are still in a cycle of drought, and we can expect to see many of the things we saw last year with some new twists.

Easy Hunts to Plan

The summer has started. With temperatures across the nation in the 80’s and higher, the cool breezes of fall are often forgotten amongst the summer vacations, baseball practices and time spent with the kids. Unfortunately, the busy activities of summer leaves many hunters unprepared for the fall season, whether it’s because they didn’t make the time they wanted to practice with their weapon, or if it’s because they missed the opportunity to plan their fall season.

The Western Hunter lives on!

Over the last several years, I have become helplessly infatuated with hunting in the mountain states. If I could make a good living solely hunting for myself, I'd be doing it. It's what I think about when I'm awake, and what I dream of when I'm asleep. For the last 5 years, I've been a member of BGH and for most of that time, I have logged on time and time again to follow the BGH Journal and The Western Hunter Blogs. Night after night, I'd be lurking in the shadows at work, trying to read the articles on my phone.

Signing Off

As many of my customers already know, I have taken a new job that is going to severely restrict my ability to write and to work on my website.  I am shutting down, and will be writing much less frequently for  I do intend to continue writing, as I truly enjoyed doing these articles for this blog, but it will be on a much more limited basis in the future.  

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